Grades Are In

The year-end report card was good news for Leon County schools. Many scored an A or B with one elementary school making an exceptional leap into the high ranks.

They call themselves the Bond Panthers, a group of talented young children who have proven that hard work and determination really does help you make the grade.

The sign says it all. The Panthers did it! Students at Bond Elementary School have climbed up two letter grades, saying good-bye to last year's devastating D and welcoming this year's B grade.

Principal Arrhea Williams says all it took was a lot of hard work and a bit of heckling.

“Well are students across the street better than you, they said no, I said prove it.”

But the Panthers’ success wasn't the only highlight of Tuesday's announcement. For two years in a row Wakulla County schools grades K through 8 have all received the highest marks.

David Miller, Superintendent, Wakulla County, says, “I'm very proud we maintained our status but credit is due for kids and teachers, that's where the rubber hits the road.”

There's much to celebrate in both counties. For Leon 72 percent of its schools made an A or B. In Wakulla the only C was given to the high school. On the flip side, north Florida received some negative news when Gadsden County topped state charts with 38 percent of its schools getting an F.

Jefferson county's three schools made a C, D and F and Madison County had a few F grades as well.

Gov. Jeb Bush, (R) Florida, says, “Eleven of the F schools earned an F again this year. They need to gain an average of 10 point to improve the grade next year.

And once again, parents are given a choice. If your child's school received an F two times in four years your child qualifies for tax-supported vouchers to private schools.